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Top 10 Breakfast Spots in Canberra

If you don't think your day has truly started until you've had that first sip of coffee, and you'd argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, here at Avenue Hotel Canberra, we're on the same wavelength. So, we've compiled a list of our favourite spots for brunching here in Canberra.

Pollen

Set idyllicly amongst the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Pollen's all day dining menu packs a punch. They've got all bases covered, from the classic Eggs Benedict, to something a little different, their Healthy Breakfast, including chickpeas, za'atar, eggplant and fried basil. We're sold. Plus, you couldn't get a much more relaxed location. And their interiors? Next level, with the warm welcome of your Nan’s kitchen combining with the chic interiors of a coveted Hampton’s home, and clean timber furniture.

Little Oink

Brightening up the previously quiet Cook shops, Little Oink offers an inventive breakfast menu, with witty names to match. From 'wild boar', a bacon, chorizo, mushroom breakfast, to 'parlez vous francais toast', yep, you guessed it, French Toast, no matter your craving, there's seriously something for everyone! In an adorable setting that is perfectly kitsch, we can assure you that your next visit to Little Oink won't be your last...

Local Press

A real favourite amongst Canberran's, Local Press on the Kingston Foreshore has impressed from day one. Offering fresh and natural foods, the modern twist they place on each dish, plus their efforts in utilising local produce wherever possible, is what truly makes Local Press stand out from the rest. Opt for one of their all day breakfast options (we recommend the savoury crepe or the coconut & cherry pancake), or build your own breakfast. If you're looking for a place that your furry friend can accompany you, look no further! They'll even bring your pup their very own water bowl!

High Road

Situated within the inner northern suburbs of Dickson lies Highroad—an establishment thoughtfully crafted to mirror the allure of Canberra's natural panorama. Central to the restaurant's identity is its dedication to showcasing Ona Coffee's exceptional specialty brews. Highroad is all about connecting with our awesome local community, and you can totally tell by checking out our cool menu filled with ingredients from nearby spots. This mix of local goodness comes together to create a super chill and modern vibe that invites you to kick back and enjoy. It's like the perfect spot to treat yourself to a laid-back brunch adventure!

RYE

Sat along the slightly quiter end of the ever-thriving Lonsdale Street, RYE Cafe is beautifully simplistic in its menu, an ethos which is mirrored throughout the cafe. Serving all day breakfast, RYE's offering of non-fussy food is a breath of fresh air. Take their RYE breakfast board for example, which serves up roasted grapefruit, sourdough, butter, red currant jam jam, herb cream cheese and scrambled eggs. So simple, so delicious, yet still so Instagrammable... because that matters these days, right? And, if you're in the mood for a sneaky morning beverage, why not grab a Mimosa, or a Bloody Mary, to really get the day started!

Sweet Bones Bakery

One of the original cafes of Braddon, Sweet Bones takes vegan food to the next level, with their inventive creations and the all-round cool, rustic vibe that fills the cafe. Offering all day breakfast, with options like the big breakfast, with coconut bacon, tofu scramble and hummus, and the sweet bones short stack, the prettiest dish to grace the menu, in our opinion! Plus, with a mouth-watering variety of sweet treats, from brownies to cinnamon scrolls and peanut butter cups, you'll be hard pressed to walk out empty handed!

Teddy Pickers

Located in the picturesque suburb of Campbell, Teddy Pickers offers an all day menu with some killer breakfast options. We love the way they've spun classic dishes... Hello french toast with poached apple, lemon curd, mascarpone & milk crumb! Their presentation is impeccable, and their interior, envy-inducing. They've got a dedicated childrens menu, and, for the time poor, a takeaway fridge chock-a-block with delicious things, ranging from hummus salads to chai pudding. Note: do not leave without trying the 'Teddy's Hash Brown'. So. Good.

The Knox

Located at the Watson shops, The Knox is known for its industrial interior, delectable cake display and generous servings. All of the usual suspects are on offer, eggs benedict, pancakes, and the humble bacon and egg roll, which sit perfectly alongside dishes like Mexican eggs, beans, carred chorizo, smoked cheddar and corn salsa, for those who are after something a little different. If you're bringing the kids, there is a dedicated 'Little Knox' play area to keep them entertained.

Eighty/Twenty

Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure a Eighty/Twenty, a true haven for Braddon locals, especially those who have a soft spot for all things health-conscious and amazing. You're in for a treat with their lineup of fresh, clean, and unprocessed food and drink options that'll make you feel like a whole new you. From dreamy homemade desserts to power-packed smoothies and heartwarming meals, Eighty/Twenty knows exactly how to bring the joy and keep things wholesome.

Introducing the showstopper – the Japanese Salad Bowl. Just close your eyes and picture this: miso-coated eggplant and sweet potato, grilled broccolini, fresh spinach, and nutty brown rice, all elegantly drizzled with homemade tahini. But wait, there's more! A delightful sprinkle of pickled ginger, the oceanic touch of nori, and the flavorful pop of nigella seeds. And hey, why not kick-start your day with an extra dose of goodness? Add some grilled salmon for a breakfast like no other.

Chatterbox

Located in the heart of Belconnen, Chatterbox is known for it's coffee and generous, to say the least, serving sizes... hello, decent serves of avo! The menu features something we never knew we needed, but love to have the option of, the choice of half and full serves of most dishes on the breakfast menu! Let's be honest though, we're still going to go for the full serve, because why not. Although Chatterbox may be slightly tucked away, this doesn't stop the crowds. We'd suggest getting in early on the weekends, but with ample seating inside and out, expect to be seated quickly. Plus, if you're looking for a place that'll happily accommodate the kids, this is it!